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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #170


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 / Mint 14


    Success! Naturally you're right Kari; it seems that sysprep doesn't like moving the profile to an already extant directory. Even renaming from outside and inside of Windows wasn't enough to please it- Windows installed successfully, but couldn't load the profile it just created!

    The short version seems to be: host the updated Profile location on a newly-formatted partition or drive.

    (And don't get bored of going through the installer fifteen times and format the wrong partition... ouch Think my next query for Google will be 'ext3 quick format data recovery')

    Thanks again Kari

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  2. #171


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    You are welcome, Bertie. Good to know you got it fixed.

    BTW, it's not just the existing Users folder on target that might mess sysprep. According to my tests, any file or folder flagged as system file or folder is enough. Short: it seems sysprep does not like to move system folders to a drive that already contains system files or folders, whatever name.
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  3. #172


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8, OSX


    Hi Kari,
    Thanks for your tutorial. Everything is setup exactly like i wanted and running without any glitch. (Windows 8 OEM - Dutch). Cheers!
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  4. #173


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    You are welcome, Yak. Always good to hear a user got it up and running without issues.

    Kari
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  5. #174


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8, OSX

    Adobe does not play well with relocated user profiles


    Oops. I've cheered somewhat too early. It seems that photoshop and other adobe apps have an issue finding a location for it to create it's temp files (scatch disks), when userprofiles reside on a disk other than the boot disk.


    One could think it's actually bad design on Adobe's part, since they don't respect the environment variable and for some bizarre reason need the TEMP folder to be on the boot drive. There are some rather ugly quickfixes like running photoshop in administrator-mode or even open up the access privileges on the boot drive.


    Tom Auger has dedicated a blogpost to this issue where he suggest to create a hardlink between a Temp directory at the boot-drive (c:\) and one on the datadrive (d:\). His second step would be to edit the "Environmental Variables" (Computer > Properties > Advanced Systemsettings) to point to C:/Temp.

    Read his full Blogpost Here.


    I've just moved over from OSX to Win8 after 15 years of Macintosh. Being a Windows newbie (but not a computer illiterate), this issue is getting a bit over my head here. The quick fixes seem to be a security hazard. The method Tom Auger suggest feels like a step into the right direction, but when actually investigating i noticed there are already environment variables created in by default (installation). So it seems not a smart idea to mess those up.

    At this point i'm investigating my options. Any suggestions, or even solutions, are very welcome.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Yak; 02 Mar 2013 at 08:00.
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  6. #175


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Never heard of Adobe issues like this. I do not have Photoshop but Acrobat pro and other Adobe software I have behave normally.

    Did you delete the original User with its subfolders on C:? It should be leaved there, just for cases like this.
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  7. #176


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8, OSX


    I used the clean install method from this tutorial. I assume, by using this method, no user profile is created on my boot-drive (ssd C), but directly on my data-drive (hd D). But if there are any, i did not delete them.

    The problem only occurs with adobe apps which use/create temporary files. In my case Photoshop and Indesign. Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Bridge don't have this problem.

    Update / solved:
    I've started Photoshop in administrator mode, went to its preferences and changed the scratchdisk from C:\ (no write permission) to D:\. Everything seems to work fine now, even in regular mode. Duh. Sometimes I look for complex solutions for a simple problem.
    Last edited by Yak; 02 Mar 2013 at 10:00.
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  8. #177


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Good to know you got it fixed!
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  9. #178


    Posts : 2
    Win 8 Pro

    An Old Dog


    An old dog can learn new tricks...

    I am so happy to see a post that was published so early (before release) gain popularity and support, and still hold true to this day.

    Worked for me. +1
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  10. #179


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thank you, Matt. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Warms an old geeks heart to see that you joined the forums to tell that, seeing that was your first post.

    Kari
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